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The Siamese Carp took a bit of wind out of Danny with its long hard runs but finally gave up after about ten minutes of running around the whole lake. Considering the weather conditions we were facing, a carp was a big achievement that day since there were no direct sunlight and the wind was calm and humid.

In the meantime, Philip has been enjoying float watching as there seems to be a fish interested in the bait at all times. At that moment, line starts to peel off of Danny's predator rod in a gentle kind of way which signalled an Arapaima may be at the end of the line! There is a possibility of landing a Siamese Carp and an Arapaima in the span of thirty minutes? You better believe it!

As we know there was an Arapaima at the line, I had yelled over for Phillip to come join his father for a picture with the Arapaima but once Phillip came over, the fish was not going to allow the pair to take a picture together. Phillip's float had disappeared on the other side of the lake. Phillip starts to sprint down the side of the lake and circles the lake with all his might. Its a double hookup! The Arapaima took Danny about 25 minutes to land and Danny was showing signs to fatigue after two big fish.

A Giant Freshwater Stingray

When the Stars Align - 24/11/13

One thing that I cherish from being a fishing guide is the wealth of new knowledge we could exchange whether it is a new word or fishing techniques. For this particular day, the word was "eski" which I later found out was what Australians calls a cooler or ice box or ice chest. My two clients this day is the father and son tandem of Danny and Phillip.

It didn't start out too good with pouring rain greeting us early in the morning while we were fifteen minutes away from reaching Palm Tree Lagoon. As we approach Palm Tree Lagoon, rain shows no sign of stopping with the staff at the lake taunting me about my ability to bring the rain with me every time i visit the lake.

As we began to set up and prepared ourselves for a fun filled day of fishing in the mud, the rain suddenly stops. There was no time to waste and my helper quickly casted the predator rod into the weeds by the bank. Even before I was able to equip myself with a camera, line starts peeling out of the reel and its fish on! Barely five minutes upon arrival, we hooked our first fish! Danny was responsible for playing this first catch and it was the host of the lake that always are the ones to welcome anglers to the lake, the Amazon Redtail Catfish.

Danny was already on the board with his beautiful Amazon Redtail Catfish but Phillip was about to get even with an Amazon Redtail Catfish of his own. We didn't have to wait long for Danny's drag to start screaming out of the reel which was heard from across the lake. Danny picked up the rod and set the hook with all his might with no signs that the fish would give up easily. Judging from the long hard runs and the bent of the rod, it can be nothing else but the Giant Siamese Carp.

As we finished landing the Arapaima and releasing it safely, we are hearing chatter from the across the lake that Phillip was hooked on to a stingray! Considering the size of the stingray, its ability to grab hold of the bottom of the lake really adds to the difficulty of the fight. Phillip did a great job with steering and pumping the fish out of the bottom.

As a guide, I've always wanted my clients to land various species of fish especially those that are highly sought after such as the Arapaima, Mekong Catfish, Siamese Carp, or Stingrays. However, we're not half way through the day and we've already landed three of the four mentioned!

Fishing slowed down considerably with a few more Redtail Catfish and a rare Tambaqui which was perfect timing for us to sit down and enjoy a bountiful lunch. We're going to need all the energy to keep on fighting whatever monster fish that is going to appear next. 

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